Drought drags down Australia's agricultural exports, production From sky-high water costs to prohibitively expensive livestock feed, new forecasts show how drought will impact Australia's exports and agricultural production. abc.net.au/news/2019-06-18/aba

No mines, no future? In Australia's most conservative electorate, a fight is raging "More mines, more jobs, more future," proclaims a mysterious billboard near Kingaroy. But not everyone agrees β€” and the years of "constant fighting" are taking a massive toll. abc.net.au/news/2019-06-18/coa ,EconomicsandFinance (Rural)

NT execs paid top dollar to focus on gas industry, but experts doubt it will eventuate Four Northern Territory public service executives are being paid more than $200,000 a year to facilitate a planned gas industry that some experts doubt will ever stack up economically, particularly as terminals for importing gas from "wherever's cheapest" secure approval on the nation's east coast. abc.net.au/news/2019-06-18/gas

'First smiles for a long time': When rain can bring so much joy A South Australian farming community has been given a much needed psychological sweetener after a heavy downpour fell in a matter of hours β€” the first good rain in three years. abc.net.au/news/2019-06-18/pin

When Harry met Brutus: A croc-cruise legend and his snappy 'business partner' Harry Bowman has been the face of the Top End's crocodile cruises for more than 30 years, but the time has come for him to say farewell to his toothless old mate β€” Brutus the giant saltwater croc. abc.net.au/news/2019-06-18/cro

'Why are we using it?' Apiarist calls for chemical's ban after millions of bees die A chemical used to control pests in agricultural crops and termites in buildings has been blamed for the death of up to 10 million bees in southern New South Wales. abc.net.au/news/2019-06-18/api

Farm tourism boom keeps heritage tradies on their toes The rise of home renovation shows has helped glamorise DIY but take the cameras and personalities away and the situation is quite different β€” especially when it comes to tackling heritage buildings. abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-06-

Historic Durack pastoral land handed back to traditional owners on significant anniversary A piece of land formerly part of the Durack pastoral empire handed back to traditional owners. abc.net.au/news/2019-06-17/tra

Glimmer of hope for some farmers as agricultural production plummets As much of New South Wales continues to battle drought, one Gundagai farmer is counting himself as one of the lucky ones. abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-06-

Dark Mofo using art to lure tourists and help with bushfire recovery Dark Mofo art experience Hrafn: Conversations with Odin sees tourists returning to the fire-ravaged Huon Valley south of Hobart to spend money and boost the local communities. abc.net.au/news/2019-06-17/dar

'Sleep with me ... or I rape you': Backpackers speak out ahead of working visa change Australia's working holiday visa will be extended to a third year from July 1, but experts and former backpackers are warning there could be an increased risk of exploitation and abuse. abc.net.au/news/2019-06-16/cal ,CrimeandJustice

Outback underground house takes on a New York style When the daytime temperature gets above 50 degrees Celsius, living in the cool underground holds huge appeal. abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-06- (Rural)

Dugong calf separated from mother off Thailand bonds with carers A dugong calf that developed an attachment to humans after being separated from its mother and found off southern Thailand is being nurtured by marine experts in hopes that it can one day fend for itself. abc.net.au/news/2019-06-15/tha

Aboriginal rangers join global effort to understand impacts of atmospheric pollution in the tropics Atmospheric pollution monitoring sites are underrepresented in the tropics, as most are located in Western Europe or southern latitudes of the southern hemisphere. A new programs hopes to improve the quality of results at one tropical station β€” by involving First Nation's people. abc.net.au/news/2019-06-15/air

How a TV star sparked the budding career of an 11-year-old fishing fanatic Before 11-year-old Nicholas Thompson met Australian fishing icon Paul Worsteling, the classroom was the last place he wanted to be. abc.net.au/news/2019-06-15/how ,Aquaculture

Expansion of world's biggest lithium mine prompts calls for abandoned railway to re-open Residents near the Greenbushes mine are calling for an abandoned railway to be re-opened amid fears extra trucks on the road will hamper tourism and put too much pressure on a highway. abc.net.au/news/2019-06-15/cal (Rural)

Cattle at more than a dozen stations at 'high risk' of starvation A review of WA's cattle stations finds at least a dozen are at risk of animal welfare issues in coming months because of a lack of food and water. abc.net.au/news/2019-06-15/rev

'Hendra risk is high': Horse owners encouraged to vaccinate Following the recent Hendra virus outbreak, an equine vet is encouraging horse owners to vaccinate their animals against the deadly bat-borne disease. abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-06-

NT's most isolated cattle property sells for $21m after brother-sister contest One of Australia's most remote cattle properties, Suplejack Station, sells for the first time in its 55-year history. abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-06-

Town angered by 'theft' of historic police station Residents of a small Victorian town are up in arms over the relocation of their heritage-listed former police station, which they say "quietly disappeared" on a truck overnight. abc.net.au/news/2019-06-15/tow

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